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Why You Need Cashew Cheese (and easy, unsoaked cashew cheese recipe)

Contrary to popular belief, being Plant Based or Vegan doesn’t mean that you miss out on all the cheesy recipes that non-vegans eat. There are tons of dairy free options at grocery stores. Most are loaded with unhealthy preservatives and ingredients that I cannot even pronounce. Nut cheese, when made with plant-based ingredients, is not only delicious, but healthier than its casein counterpart. It’s also extremely easy to whip up so there’s no need to buy it at the store.

Why Cashew Cheese is Healthy

Aside from being super delicious, plant-based cashew cheese is rich with Vitamin B, Calcium, Protein and Fiber. It has more vitamins and minerals than dairy. Unlike animal cheese, it does not have saturated fats which increase cholesterol and your risk of heart disease and stroke.

How cashew cheese helps with weight loss

Since cashews are high in protein and healthy fat, cashew cheese will help you stay full longer and reduce cravings. You can use the cheese to make all kinds of recipes for pizza, pasta sauce, dressings and dips. It will instantly make any bland recipe delicious and nutritious, which makes it easy to continue eating healthy.

To Soak or Not to Soak

If you have time, it’s best to soak the cashews. This will make them soft and the creamy consistency be easily achievable. When cashes are soaked, the enzymes are neutralized so our bodies digest them better. All you have to do is get raw, unsalted cashews, put them in a container and fill the container up with water. Wait at least 2 hours or simply do it the night before and TADA! It really is that simple! If you are in a pinch, you can simply use raw unsalted cashews.  I’ve done this before and used my Kuvings Power Blender to grind them up. The consistency was creamy and buttery in minutes. *Note that high speed blenders are the best tools to use to achieve creaminess.

3 Minute Cashew Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Cashews soaked overnight (Fine to use non-soaked cashews in a pinch)

2-3 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast

2-3 Tablespoons of lemon juice

¼ Teaspoon of salt

¼ Teaspoon of black pepper

¼ Teaspoon of garlic salt (Add a clove of fresh garlic for extra spiciness)

¼ Cup of water (More for a creamier consistency)

Directions:

  1. Drain and rinse soaked cashews (Or simply put un soaked cashews in your blender)
  2. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and pulse for about 30 seconds
  3. Open up the blender and use a spatula to check the consistency. Add more water for a creamier consistency.
  4. Taste the cheese and add condiments to taste
  5. Blend for another 30 seconds with adjusted ingredients.

It really is that simple! Let me know if you made it and how it turned out in the comments below.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. If you’re like us then you’re craving something healthy and delicious to eat. Look no further. These vegan buffalo cauliflower wings are perfect for the big game. They are easy to make and taste amazing. The wings are so good that they will convert some of your friends into vegans!

Let’s get started!

The first step is to create the breading. This helps the wings stay juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Mix flour, water, and garlic powder until it is nice and smooth. Feel free to add additional spices, such as paprika or crushed red pepper. Dip the cauliflower wings in the breading until they are completely covered. Then transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet.

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Decadent Peanut Butter & Chocolate Plant-Based Protein Shake

Decadent Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Shake

This week’s recipe is one of the cleanest and most delicious plant-based protein shakes you’ll ever taste. It’s so good you’ll actually forget how healthy it is for you.

For the longest time I hated protein shakes. When I first started working out, my trainer gave me one to try. It was whey protein and water mixed in a shaker. I only tasted the chemicals and artificial sweeteners. No thanks! I figured drinking all those chemicals was worse than skipping breakfast altogether.

I had to find another way to take in my morning nutrients without being late to work… And so my hunt for a plant-based, quick and filling protein shake began.

I started with the most important ingredient: protein powder. I wanted something clean and plant based with no added chemicals or artificial colors. A couple of protein powders made the cut, but the flavors were often too earthy for my taste.

In comes Garden of Life Plant-Based Sport Protein. This is an amazing protein powder that is not only plant based, but also tastes incredible! I could rave about this protein for days!

Once I found the protein powder I started adding ingredients. I searched for ingredients that complimented my taste buds as much as they improved my health.

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Plant-Based Banana Oatmeal – Clean, Fast, and Delicious

This is the best plant-based banana oatmeal recipe you will ever try. Not only is it packed with clean ingredients, but it is also super tasty and simple to prepare. It is loaded with healthy chia seeds, flaxseed, fruits, and nuts. These nutritious ingredients will keep you satisfied until lunch time.

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